Get Up

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In early 1999, Sleater-Kinney issued this three-song CD single just prior to the release of The Hot Rock. And as that album's most atypical-sounding track, "Get Up" is perhaps the most surprising choice for the album's sole single. Which doesn't mean it's an ill-made decision -- the song is excellent -- but anyone familiar with the trio would probably find that song (which, at times, sounds uncomfortably similar to Sonic Youth's "Tunic") to be unrepresentative of the album as a whole. The single's two additional tracks, the otherwise unreleased "By the Time You're Twenty-Five" and "Tapping," are more representative of the band's sound, and were recorded during the studio sessions for The Hot Rock. Here, "Twenty-Five" unfortunately loses some of its blistering live energy, whereas "Tapping" finally sounds perfected after more than a year of being tested on tour.

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